When the Israelites demanded a king, God gave them exactly the sort of king they wanted.
There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.- 1 Samuel 9:1-2 (NLT)
Saul had a good pedigree. He the son of a wealthy and influential man. The Bible tells us he was the most handsome man in Israel and stood head and shoulders above every one else. He had "presence". Looks can be deceiving. Saul rebelled against God and became consumed with hate and jealousy. He eventually took his own life. (1 Samuel 31:4)
Long before Saul's death, God commanded Samuel to head to Bethlehem. There he would anoint a new king. When the sons of Jesse presented themselves to Samuel, he took one look at the eldest and immediately thought that surely this man was God's anointed.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.- 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
The one whom God chose as king was the least of Jesse's sons. It was David, the shepherd. He was still out in the fields for no one thought it was even necessary for him to come in. Interesting isn't it.
We can talk the talk and appear to walk the walk. We can preach, sing, shout and testify. We can quote the Bible from cover to cover, give in the offering and be the first in line to volunteer but do you know what? God doesn't look at those things... He looks at our heart. When He looks at our heart, what does He see?
I would pray that He see's a pure and a contrite heart... I doubt that, at least in my case.
And this should be our main concern. One who loves and needs Him desperately. Great blog. Thanks. God bless.